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U.S. Postal Service Announces End to Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Speak out: How will this affect you?

U.S. Postal Service Announces End to Saturday Mail Delivery

UPDATE (10:28 p.m., Feb. 6, 2013): Local mail carrier Jeri Lynne Juetten told Patch that five-day delivery will begin on the week of Aug. 5 in Hudson, and that Saturday parcel deliveries will continue. 

In Hudson, full-time carriers will work Monday through Friday. Substitute carriers will handle Saturday parcel service along with coverage for sick days and vacation days, according to Juetten who has been a carrier for 11 years.

Juetten said she has worked Saturdays for all but one year of her time with the U.S. Postal Service and is looking forward to the changes.

"Some people are not happy with this decision, but me I'm all for it," she said. "This has been the talk for a while. Finally, we have a date. I hope people realize how hard our job really is and what a relief it is to know we're going to have two guaranteed days off in a row. Being a mail carrier can get very overwhelming."

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ORIGINAL POST (9:39 a.m., Feb. 6, 2013): Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1. 

The Hudson Post Office is located at 808 Heggen St.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were ok with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

Speak out: How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

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